LEG 1 • Auckland, New Zealand – Rarotonga, Cook Islands May 6 – 22, 2014 • 16 Days • 1900 NM 3 Berths Available The main focus of this expedition will be on the offshore passage as we make a run of 1900 NM to Rarotonga in the changeable latitudes of the South Pacific. This is a great trip to experience passage making under sail with a wide range of conditions. Prior to heading offshore we have allowed a few days to get accustomed to shipboard life...
Aboard Elcie, we enjoy adventures and we like to have fun. To us, the difference between a charter and an expedition is the participation of all on board in the ship’s routine. Our emphasis is on learning through doing and we encourage everyone on board to take at least a part in sail handling, navigation, steering and planning shore excursions. Most of our past crew/guests have found that by joining in fully, a greater sense of achievement is gained in...
Built in New Zealand in 2008-9, Elcie’s tough twin hulls and bridge deckhouse are crafted from welded aluminum. She has proven herself as a strong and swift passage maker on the 10,000 nm trip back to the east coast of the U.S.A across the Southern Ocean from New Zealand. Elcie is stable, roomy and comfortable with berths for 6 expedition members. The bridge deckhouse provides stunning panoramic views with 360 degrees of visibility. The galley and the...
Voyaging under sail is what we love to do. We want to share that experience with all who join Elcie, a fast, fun and comfortable 62’ bluewater catamaran. RICHARD JOHNSON - Captain I learned to sail as a child on the family sailfish that we car-topped around the northeast. As a teenager, I sailed with a friend on his Hobie for endless hours, generally heading out only when a small craft warning was issued. At 18, though I did not necessarily have...
Elcie’s interior has been designed for comfort at sea and at anchor. Crew accommodations are located in both hulls with a large and airy communal living space in the bridge deckhouse and forward and aft cockpits. The forward and aft opening doors and windows as well as fourteen deck hatches provide excellent ventilation in the tropics. Forward and Aft Cockpits ...
FAQs about Elcie Expeditions Do I have to know how to sail to join an expedition? No, a willing attitude is far more important than sailing knowledge. However, some previous sailing experience may add to your time aboard Elcie. We are also happy to provide instruction in any aspects of sailing that you might want to learn or improve on. Will I feel stuck on the boat? Hopefully not. Other than when actually underway, there will be plenty of opportunities...
1. Choose an expedition and submit online application 2. If accepted, the following will be due within 15 days: A. Signed Ship’s Articles/Contract (passport must be valid for 6 months beyond start date for international legs). B. Signed Liability Release C. Medical form D. A payment of 50% of cost of trip 3. Secure your travel/medical insurance if desired 4. Check for visa requirements. Visas for some countries may need to be obtained in advance. 5....
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BERTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Elcie has a new dinghy – a 4.3m Wavebreak Dinghy built in Tahunanui near Nelson. She’s fast and fun and easy to spot – bright orange.
Elcie wins Line Honors in the Russell Boating Club’s 2014 Tall Ships Race! Read more…
Featured in Jan 2014 Opua Cruising Club’s Tell Tales … Elcie Expeditions
2014 ITINERARY Just Announced
ONLINE APPLICATION AVAILABLE NOW
Hear the LATEST ELCIE DIARY – “Elcie in the Cook Islands” on WAMU’s Coastal Connection
Visit Elcie’s CREW GUEST BOOK to read comments from recent crew.
Hear an interview of Richard and Jessica with Bryan Russo on COASTAL CONNECTION on WAMU’s Ocean City Station 88.3
Elcie announces SOUTH PACIFIC VOYAGE as part of 2012/13 itinerary. More details HERE.
Elcie plays a role in Man Overboard Rescue…see log entry.
Elcie is now eligible to Charter in U.S. Waters
Elcie has been granted a waiver to the Jones Act, a law prohibiting Coastwise Trade by Foreign-built vessels. As a New Zealand-built vessel, Elcie was prohibited from carrying passengers in U.S. waters. A 3-year waiting period was required for us to make an application. As of April 12, 2012 we are allowed to carry passengers between U.S. ports.
May 6 – 22, 2014 • 16 Days • 1900 NM
May 29 – June 12, 2014 • 14 Days • 1100 NM
June 19 – July 3, 2014 • 14 Days • 520 NM
July 8 – 22, 2014 • 14 Days • 650 NM
August 5– 17, 2014 • 12 Days • 540 NM
Aug. 23 – Sept. 4, 2014 • 12 Days • 400 NM
Sept. 11 – 23, 2014 • 12 Days • 800 NM